Costa Blanca News – Coronavirus

On being a wine judge (part 2)

Good Heavens – how nice to be appreciated! Since Part One of ‘On Being a Wine Judge’ I’ve received a good number of comments...

Maison Ventenac

Well, after 23 years writing mostly about Spanish wine, I have to admit that it was a total, though most welcome surprise to be...

On being a wine judge

Regretfully, I’ve just tendered my resignation from the Spanish Wine Judging Panel of the International Wine & Spirits Competition, the IWSC, held annually, now...

DO Plà de Bages

In wine terms, whenever Cataluña is mentioned we all probably think Cava first. These days, certainly if you’ve been reading Cork Talk over the...

Wine from Cádiz

When visiting Cádiz, Andalucía, it’s best not to mention Sir Francis Drake! Whilst initiating a surprise attack on the Spanish Armada moored in the...

Denominación de Origen Jumilla

Whenever the year 1966 is mentioned, it always makes me think of one thing – The Football World Cup. England won it, if you...

Denominación de Origen Cangas

One of the best things about the recent Barcelona Wine Week (BWW) that I attended recently, was the opportunity to visit the stands of...

Gramona’s long aged sparkling wines

One of the great things about Spanish wines is that there is almost always an interesting story - behind a particular wine, or portfolio...

Post-Brexit wine woes?

I’m writing this on the 1st February, 2020, the day that the UK cut loose from the European Community, to sail a different, as...

Drinking with eight virgins

Whilst perfectly pleasant, the 8 Vírgenes, dry white wine from Bodegas La Zorra, wasn’t my favourite wine of the portfolio sent to me as...

Sparkling wine

When I first wrote about this winery, nearly four years ago, I titled it Cavas Llopart. My guess is that many readers will know...

Wine tasting in Mallorca!

A short break in Mallorca, she said. Yeah, great idea, I reply, reaching covertly for the wine guide! You see, a wine person is never...

Holiday highlights!

Yes, Darling, THE highlight of the Christmas, New Year and Three Kings Holidays was, of course, being with you and the family – goes...

Happy New Year to you!

Thank you for reading me during 2019, and I hope you’ll continue so doing in 2020, the rest of the new decade, and maybe...

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